Sunday, November 30, 2008

"Yous" is not a word.

Seriously, shut up New Jersey. Any pluralization of the word "you" makes you sound like you never went to school. "You" is both a singular and a plural, so "yous," "yiz," "yuz," etc. are not words. Ironically, the people who use these are the same people who will go into a fit of rage when you say anything bad about NJ. Maybe people would like NJ more if you could go there without being screamed at about your preferred sports team and have you and the rest of the fans referred to as a "yous."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dear webcomic artists, "20016032." is not a good file name

For those of us who save every entertaining picture we see (me), this is pretty annoying. At the moment I have 2996 comics in my comic folder. I also keep original file names so I won't save the same one more than once. However, when every comic ever has that kind of filename, it can cause problems. Even though it seems unlikely, I have had to rename comics because I had different comics with the same name. My point is, just give your comics a real file name or we are not friends. Thank you.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Apple netbook? Yes please.

So analysts are saying that Apple might make a netbook sometime next year. I am all for this. I love netbooks. It's so nice to have a fully functional computer to carry around with you everywhere. I mean I don't actually have one, but I've got my eye on that Acer Aspire One. Still, if Apple made one, that'd be incredible. Knowing me, I would buy it on a whim without thinking, assuming I had the money on release. It'd probably be about $500 knowing Apple, which is about the most I want to spend anyway. I think they could make a pretty great netbook if they decided to go into that market. I mean they went into portable media players and phones, so the next step is (or should be, rather) netbooks. I hope they release one soonish though. I know that if I get a netbook it'll be sometime next year, and it'll be after I've gotten a few other things (namely speakers). Hopefully that'll be enough time for Apple to announce a netbook, or at least enough time for some believable rumors to show up online. Analysts are like wishful thinking, they will either tell you what you want to hear or the opposite of what you want to hear. I get my hopes up when I see some spy shots, "in the wild" shots, descriptions from people who have been useful in the past (Kevin Rose, anyone?) etc. If so much as one of those should show up before I get mine, you can expect me to go into a shell of no-netbooks until there is proof of an Apple one or proof that there won't be an Apple one. If they don't make one though, there's still the Aspire One, which is a really great netbook. The screen is pretty high res and colorful, the speaker's not bad, and it comes in some pretty powerful configurations, especially for it's price and size.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

videoCWK's Top 10 Ugly Cars

Everywhere you go you will see an ugly car and think to yourself, "Who would buy that?" Well this blog post is for me to supply to you what the ugliest cars ever are. The cars you're about to read of are so horrendously ugly that no one, not even Buddha, would be able to think of a reason for someone to buy them. And now, we begin.

10. Chrysler PT Cruiser
Just look at it. It's so ugly. It's a failed attempt at a classic car. It's like they took the old Beetle and tried to make it an SUV.

9. Chrysler PT Cruiser
The grill on this one is just ridiculous. Look at how badly it contrasts with the rest of the car, which is pretty ugly anyway. So awful.

8. Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
And you thought the regular 'Cruiser was ugly. It's basically the same thing, but they found a way to take the upper half of the car and make it even uglier.

7. Chrysler PT Cruiser
Look at how the headlights sit below the hood like that. It's just so stupid. 

6. Chrysler PT Cruiser
The trunk on this one looks so weird, and not in a good way. 

5. Chrysler PT Cruiser
It looks like they took an ugly SUV and squeezed it until it was uglier and also smaller.

4. Chrysler PT Cruiser
Surely you've seen this one before. Unfortunately for us all, this one somehow managed to get popular. It comes in every color but will always look stupid. It even comes in gold, in case you feel that it doesn't already look awful enough.

3. Chrysler PT Cruiser
I just can't imagine driving this. I would feel so ridiculous, I'd probably have to apologize to everyone who looks at it in disgust for staining their eyes with such an abomination.

2. Chrysler PT Cruiser
I don't think I even need to describe this one. Just go find a picture of it. A picture tells a thousand words, but this picture tells a thousand screaming babies.

1. Chrysler PT Cruiser
I think this is an experiment done by Chrysler, to see how ugly a car could get and still sell healthily. Well, I hope they're happy, because it doesn't get uglier than this. This is the king, the lord of ugly cars. This is the car you find in the parking lot to park your Subaru Baja or Pontiac Aztek next to so it will look less bad. Or maybe you'll park your car that looks awesome (in comparison) next to it (such as a Honda Element) to remind the owner how stupid their car looks. Seriously, I can't possibly imagine why anyone would buy this. This is the car that rich men give their wives for Christmas when they want a divorce. 

That's my list of ugly cars. It got pretty difficult to decide between 2 and 1, but ultimately the PT Cruiser took the prize. 

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dear Microsoft Office for Mac, I hate you.

I wonder if Microsoft tested this at all before releasing it. When I left Windows for OS X I thought I was done with Microsoft's antics, but apparently it's not that easy. A while ago my dad got Microsoft Office for Mac for his Air and let me install it. So far it has been nothing but problems. Windows will occasionally decide to switch spaces without being prompted to do so, the formatting window will follow me through spaces, when I go to save a file for the first time the window it's in gets pushed to the back and I have to minimize all the others so I can get to it, and then there's just tons of random bugs. This is horrible, I don't know what Microsoft was thinking when they released this crap. I'm seriously going back to TextEdit, which is OS X's stock text editor. It's not as feature-loaded, but it's not like Notepad or anything and the best thing is, I have never had a single issue with it. It probably took 20 minutes for some Apple developer to code and I'm fairly sure it has remained untouched since the first version of OS X. Very disappointing, Microsoft.

But for the record, I wasn't expecting much anyway. Microsoft Office has never been that good for me (especially Word, as soon as you want to change fonts or add a picture, you're basically screwed). But I wasn't expecting this.

I wish I had lots of money... I can get some cheap Matin Logans. Tweeter is going out of business and my dad doesn't want to get any.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dear Blu-Ray, you are annoying.

Does anyone else hate it how it takes weeks to get from turning on your Blu-Ray player to watching the movie? Seriously, I wish it wouldn't take it's time and just get the job done like DVD used to. First it takes like 8 minutes to start up, then another 8 minutes to load the movie (12 minutes if it's the first time watching the movie on that player). Maybe I'm exaggerating, I don't know. Time slows down so much when you're trying to watch a Blu-Ray movie. It's bad enough if it's a casual movie-watching, but if you have friends over or something and you just want to get to  watching the movie, it's even worse. Maybe my dad's player is just screwed up, but my point is that this sucks. Sure, I bet there's a lot of technological flib-flab explaining why  takes this long, but no amount of excuses will make me hate the wait any less. Any amount of logical excuses about this would be like if a sweet old grandma told you a heart warming story about how 9-11 might have benefitted someone. Sure, but 9-11 was still horrible. This is basically the same thing.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blackberry Storm, first impression

So today I was at BJ's and got a chance to use the Blackberry Bold at the Verizon kiosk. I thought at first that the clicky screen would make it awkward to use and after a few minutes I found that assumption to be pretty much correct.
Browsing menus felt a little strange. Maybe it's because I'm used to the way it's done on other touch phones like the iPhone, but it was strange anyway. Many times I found myself clicking when I didn't want to and not clicking when I did. The keyboard is even worse though. While they have found a sensible way to give tactile feedback on a touch keyboard, it doesn't really work. The blue glow you get from touching the keys doesn't do a great job of showing you which one you're touching, and since you have to let go of the screen between every key-press (you don't really notice it on other phones, but you typically don't give any time where you don't touch the keyboard between key presses). Because of the this, you have to type pretty slow in order to hit all the keys. It also tires your thumbs out to be clicking it like that. I think it'd be much better as a slider.
However, the touch part of the screen was very sensitive. I'm fairly certain it's the same type of touch surface that is used on the iPhone, since it works no matter how lightly you touch it with your finger but it doesn't work at all when you use anything else.
I also played with the browser a little, but I couldn't really do anything with it. Yes, it loaded a website and from what I saw, was displaying it correctly. Problem is, I couldn't navigate the site at all. In an attempt to click a button, it took it's time and then zoomed in. I was a bit confused, but figured it'd be easier to click it this way. Nope, it paused and zoomed in again. This kept happening until the button filled the screen and I still couldn't click it. That was when I gave up on this phone.
I bet it would be a much nicer phone if it didn't have that click-screen. That's pretty much what ruined it. It was a good attempt, I'll give them that, but unfortunately it just failed to live up to what it should have. Now normally after using something that's this new I'll end up with an impression that's sort of like "I think I could get used to this with time." This isn't the case though. With time, I might get used to navigating it. But I don't think I could ever get used to that keyboard. Plus, even if I did get used to navigating/typing, the click would just make it slower in general to navigate or type. For comparison, I had an "I could get used to this" impression with the iPhone keyboard, phone keyboards in general, the iPod click wheel, the Blackberry Pearl keyboard, and the Wii remote. And I got used to all of those fairly quickly. I think it would be a good decision on RIM's part if they'd just drop the click and ignore the "vibrate" feedback everyone else is doing. That could make this a pretty good iPhone competitor. Or maybe they could just make it an option to have it work without the click. That'd work too. By the way, it does have an accelerometer. There aren't any fancy animations like the iPhone has, but it works without lag and gets the job done. 

Friday, November 21, 2008

Attention: Emotional women

That song you love is not about you. The artist did not have you in mind when he wrote it and probably doesn't know you anyway, and if he did he wouldn't have written a song about an emotional woman who he knew would go around being all "THIS SONG IS ABOUT ME" about it anyway, so just shut up.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Beats by Dr. Dre

You may have heard of it. It's a pair of headphones, made by Monster Cable and endorsed by some guy named Dr. Dre. They cost $350 and are basically what you'd expect them to be, that being otherwise mediocre headphones that are drowning in hype and covered in endorsements and logos. I tried these today and they really disappoint.
They are somewhat comfortable, I'll give them that. But the mids were very thin. I listened to an Earth Wind and Fire song (September, if you're curious) on the iPod Touch I used them on (this was at the Apple Store) and the vocals were very lifeless. There was a huge lack of any kind of warmth, and I just wasn't "feeling" the music.  I admit, this is the only song I tried, but if you've heard it you'll know that after hearing how it sounded on them, I didn't need to hear any other songs.
Despite that it really lacks in sound quality, the noise canceling was pretty good. The apple store was busy today and therefore, pretty noisy. Even before I put on the music, there was a pretty noticeable amount of noise reduction.
So in conclusion, don't buy these. Don't let your friends buy these. These are the first Monster product I've dealt with and even though I know of their reputation among the high end crowd, I was going to remain unbiased until I had a reason to like or dislike them. Because of these headphones, I don't think I'll be buying any Monster products in a good while. I really can't believe that they are charging $350 for these, either. Not even Bose rips their customers off that much. At least Bose makes good headphones. Aside from costing extreme amounts of money, Bose's at least have pretty good sound quality and are very comfortable (much more than the Beats). But seriously, my V-Moda Vibes ($100) sound worlds better than the Beats, and they fit in my pocket.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Whoever says iPods aren't durable is stupid

Or at least new iPods. Chances are, you know of my iPod Classic 80gb. Today while at the mall I dropped it due to trying to change songs without putting a coffee down. Now I have dropped it before, a few times on cement, but those times it was in the iPod sock. This time it was fully unsocked. Not only does it still fully work (as opposed to breaking open, freezing, exploding, liquifying, or doing anything else that an iPod-hater would tell you), but it suffered no cosmetic damage. I'm not exaggerating. When I spend a lot of money on something, I tend to be kind of crazy about keeping it working and retaining it's out-of-the-box beauty. I looked it over on all sides maybe four times and it didn't seem to have suffered any significant scratches on the back, and the whole front, screen and all, were still totally intact. Anyone who says iPods break easily is either stupid or stuck in the past (when they did break easily).
Oh and while we're on the subject, the battery is not guaranteed to die forever after a year and a half of use. My girlfriend's 4th gen, black and white iPod died recently. To my understanding, it was pretty old. The screen was more worn out than the battery. But it didn't die on account of the battery, it died due to a hard drive failure. Anyone who tells you that iPods are a ripoff because of that is pretty stupid.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Put those speakers on hold.

I am buying this. They're on sale now too if I get $25+ worth of stuff from ThinkGeek I get one for free so that way I only spend $10 to get both. The speakers will wait, this is very important.

And about not having anything to write about? That's a lie as of now.

Nothing to post about

I have not posted anything recently because there is absolutely nothing to write. It has become such a problem that I am now able to write about the problem itself, thus defeating it except I can't think of anything else to write.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

They lied!

Klipsch told me that they wouldn't have the Promedias back in stock until next year. Well they're in stock now. I think I'm going to buy them even though I already have these headphones. Since it's somewhat common knowledge that you can't play loud music on IEMs because they will kill your ears in four seconds, I don't play music loudly on them. I know that if you have good headphones you don't need to play it loud, but some songs just need to be played loud. Like Ballroom Blitz. Anyway I think I will buy these or maybe ask for them for Christmas. That's really all this post is about.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What the fuck is this shit?

Chances are, you know of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It's widely hailed as the "greatest thing ever."
However, this halloween I thought they seemed a bit smaller. But I brushed it off, maybe I'm just crazy.
But just now I opened one and it was definitely bigger than the others. So what the fuck?
I google it and yes, they are smaller. For the same price. Screw Reese's, I'm making my own peanut butter cups.

V-Moda Vibe, two weeks later

In case you didn't see the first review, here you go.

Anyway, it's been two weeks (actually two weeks and a day) since I bought them. I think the initial review was maybe four days in. If you've read it (and if you haven't, go do that now) then I'm sure you know that I didn't return them like I said I might.
Even though the fit was terrible on the first day, using them very often (I do mean VERY often, I wore them literally whenever I had the chance, even if I wasn't listening to anything, just because I liked the sound and didn't want to get rid of them) helped a lot. During the first few days I had a problem where they'd gradually slide out every few minutes, but that is no more. They feel very soft in the ears now, and stay in quite well. If you get a pair and have the problem I did, give them a week of very frequent use. You'll be glad you did.
Other than that, what else do I think of them after two weeks? Well the sound is better. As I mentioned in the first review, they drop off on the highs. After the first week though, they seem to have finished breaking in. Another review I read said that it takes them about 10 hours to break in. Maybe 10 hours for the immediate break in, but frequency tests showed significant distortion on 16000kHz after 10 hours. After a week though, the distortion was there but much less significant. I've also helped with the highs by equalizing them just a bit. Here's a screenshot of my iTunes equalizer settings for the headphones:

The slight bass boost is optional since it performs just fine there, I just wanted a little more bass. The significance here is the highs. Does that help? Yes. This gives a subtle, yet important boost in clarity and spaciousness. Even though they sound good prior to equalization, after equalization I don't think I want to hear them again without it.
Yesterday was my last day to return them and quite clearly, I didn't. I don't regret it at all, these are great headphones. I'd still recommend them, so if you're in the business for some IEMs and your price range is around $100, give these some serious consideration. 

Saturday, November 1, 2008

"Fun Size" candy. Nothing fun about it.

Where does the term "fun size" come from? I was raised knowing that more candy equals more fun. A giant huge candy bar is much more fun than a super tiny one. So where does "fun size" come from? Maybe it's supposed to make people feel less sad that they are eating a candy bar that is small enough to be eaten in one bite. "Oh jeez, this candy is really small. But hold on, it's fun size! All is well now." C'mon. Why not call it something more realistic, like "less fun size" or "just go get the big one" size.

And yes, Halloween did inspire this blog post. Call trick or treating as childish as you want to, as long as I'm young enough to get free candy for almost no reason, I'm gonna do that.